By Barbara Siemen, 2016 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperator
The 2017 Young Cooperator Conference is almost upon us! Join us at the Bavarian Inn and Conference Center in Frankenmuth, Michigan for a “Spring Getaway.” Here’s six reasons why you should attend this year’s conference:
1. Bring your “A” game for a hilarious round of ‘Farms Against Humanity.’
Win prizes by playing our take on this popular card game. “Daddy, why is Mommy crying?” “Jimmy Kimmel has mistaken a steer for a cow, again.”
2. Prepare your questions in advance for industry professionals.
MMPA President Ken Nobis and MMPA General Manager Joe Diglio will present cooperative issues and current market conditions and projections. UDIM CEO, Sharon Toth, will give an overview of statewide dairy promotions.
3. Learn how to position your dairy for success in these economic times.
The agriculture industry is in a major economic transition. What will be the emerging trends impacting agriculture and rural America in the long and short run? Featured keynote speaker Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech, will guide YC’s through how to position their dairies for the economic reset.
4. Tour a brand-spanking new robotic dairy farm.
K&K Kern Farms LLC, is opening their barn doors and inviting us for a tour of their farm. Learn about their transition from an old free-stall barn and parlor to four Lely robotic milkers in an all new facility.
5. Laugh the night away.
Comedian Cameron Zvara will entertain us with his engaging magic, props, tricks, and stunts. Don’t make too much eye contact though, or you might end up part of his show!
6. Leave your lederhosen at home.
We’ll enjoy a casual night out in Frankenmuth. There’s never too much fun in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” and we won’t even make you drink warm beer out of your own boot.
Conference registration is free to MMPA members and MMPA member employees. Make hotel reservations by March 17, 2017 and mention MMPA to receive the discounted rate. Call the Bavarian Inn & Conference Center in Frankenmuth, MI at 844-264-9023 to make hotel reservations. For more information, contact the MMPA Member Relations Department, 248-474-6672.